Date: Mon Sep 30 2002 - 23:07:31 EDT
Thomas Chan wrote,
> The Japanese currency may be U+5186 today, but that is just a
> simplification of U+5713. Chinese took a different path of simplifiction
> and variants, including U+56ED and today's (PRC) U+5143. (The Korean
> "won" currency is of the same etymology, though not U+571C "hwan",
> although the theme of a circular object--"rounds"?--is still present.)
> (Was U+56ED what you saw, James?--I don't have my Krause catalog by me at
> the moment, but I think it was present on older PRC coinage.)
There are charts in the front of the section which are much clearer
than some of the pictures.
The one I was trying to describe turns out to be U+5713, one of the four
ideographs listed. U+5713 could be described as rad. 31 enclosing U+54E1,
which is also shown. The other two shown are U+5143 and U+571C.
The scripts shown on older Chinese coins are amazing. They include
Chinese (of course), Latin, Cyrillic, Turki, and Manchu.
> .... (I'm not going to get into 1/10th
> and 1/100th units at this time.)
I don't blame you. According to Krause...
One Dollar (Yuan) = 100 Cents (Fen/Hsien) = 1000 Cash (Wen/Ch'ien) =
(=) 0.72 Tael (Liang) = 7 Mace and 2 Candareens
...and, that's just for starters.
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